The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 18, 2013

Obituaries — Saturday, May 18, 2013

Jackie Betkijian

Jackie Betkijian, 77, of Eccles, died Wednesday, May 15, 2013.

Ms. Betkijian was cremated. There will be no visitation or service.

Online condolences may be sent at

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

Bishop George W. Bostic

Bishop George W. Bostic, 87, of Beckley, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at Raleigh General Hospital following a short illness.

Born February 2, 1926, in Union, W.Va., a son to the late James Edgar Bostic and Dolly Mae Canterbury Bostic.

Mr. Bostic was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He held positions as a mechanic and also a school bus driver for many years. He owned and operated Bostic Transmission in Beckley for years. He also was a pastor for many churches in West Virginia and was an Ordained Bishop and is a proud member of the Sophia Church of God. Mr. Bostic also served our country in the United States Navy.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sons, Danny and Stephen Bostic; brother, Edgar Herford Bostic; and sisters, Frances and Mildred Dowdy.

Those surviving include his loving wife of 69 years, Mrs. Katherine E. Canterbury Bostic; son, James W. Bostic and wife Phyllis of Beckley; daughter, Virginia Ann Maynor of Crab Orchard; eight grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren; also a host of nieces, nephews, friends, and other family.

Services to celebrate the life of Bishop George Bostic will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19, 2013, at the Sophia Church of God with Bishop James W. Bostic, Bishop F.D. Sexton, and Bishop Wayne Wicker officiating. Entombment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Prosperity with the American Legion Honor Guard Post 32 conducting military graveside rites.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

A visitation will be held on Saturday evening from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Sophia Church of God.

Private online condolences, floral gifts, and other expressions of sympathy are available to the family via

Arrangements by Rose and Quesenberry Funeral Home, 1901 South Kanawha Street in Beckley.

Roberta Cunningham

LOGAN — Roberta Cunningham, 77, of Logan, died Thursday, May 16, 2013.

Her arrangements are incomplete at this time. Honaker Funeral Home in Logan is in charge of her services.

Barbara W. Davis

Barbara W. Davis, 66, of Maple Fork Road, passed away Friday, May 12, 2013.

Arrangements are pending completion at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley.

Eugenia Joy Dishmon

Eugenia Joy Bailey Dishmon, 55, of Glen Fork, died Thursday, May 16, 2013.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Paul Thomas Goode

OCEANA — Paul Thomas Goode, 34, of Oceana, passed away Friday, May 17, 2013.

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The family is being served by the Stafford Family Funeral Home, Lynco.

Delphia Goodson

Mrs. Delphia Richmond Goodson, 95, of Florida Avenue, died Thursday, May 16, 2013.

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Arrangements by Melton Mortuary & Cremation Center, Beckley.

Ora Clifford ‘Pap’ Hatfield

HANOVER — Ora Clifford “Pap” Hatfield, 84, died Thursday, May 16, 2013.

Service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the Mounts Funeral Home Chapel, Gilbert, with the Revs. Jim Nagy, Dewayne Cline and Jackie Lester officiating. Burial will follow in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny. Friends may cal 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

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Arrangements by Mounts Funeral Home, Gilbert.

Lairdy Alton O’Dell

SNOW HILL — Lairdy Alton O’Dell, 96, a lifelong resident of Snow Hill, Nicholas County, passed away on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, in Ansted.

Born Nov. 15, 1916, he was the son of the late Davis and Thelma Dotson O’Dell. From the age of three, Lairdy was raised by his Aunt Rosie and Uncle Willie Nutter, who also preceded him in death.

Although he never had any children of his own, Lairdy impacted the lives of countless children in his 35 years as a faithful custodian at Fleger Ridge Grade School, during which he never took a sick day. Lairdy is lovingly remembered for his sense of humor, love of reading, and passion for life. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, especially the family of Dock and Deloris O’Dell.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings and Shirley O’Dell, a cousin who was more like a brother to him.

Funeral service will be 12 noon on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at the Spruce Grove Community Church, Mt. Nebo, with Pastor Tim McClung officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Friends may call Saturday at the church one hour prior to the funeral service.

Donations of sympathy may be made to the Spruce Grove Community Church.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff and management of Ansted Center for their care of Lairdy.

Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle, is in charge of arrangements.

Mildred Covey Seco

On Wednesday, May 15th, 2013, our most cherished, Mildred Covey Seco, died suddenly at her home in Glen Morgan. She was in her 83rd year.

One of three children, Mildred Ameth Covey was born on Dec. 17th, 1929, at Glen White. She was the daughter of the late Snowden and Thetta Milam Covey. Her brother, Fred Covey, has preceded her in death.

A graduate of Shady Spring High School, Beckley College and Morris Harvey College, Mildred Seco will be remembered as a very dedicated school teacher. An educator for 27 years in the Raleigh County public school system, she taught at Daniels Elementary for 20 years, retiring in 1988. Mildred loved her students and her profession.

For the past 66 years, Mildred has been blessed to be married to William P. Seco, who survives her. To this union were born two daughters, Elaine Seco and Charlene Wiseman and her husband, Raymond, all of Glen Morgan, who will forever cherish her memory.

Mildred was the doting grandmother to Billy Ray Wiseman and his wife, Lisa, and their children, Peyton and Rylee, of Grandview; Rusty Wiseman and his wife, Daphne, and their children, Colton and Braylie, of Shady Spring; she was the fond sister of Jack Covey and his wife, Elsie, of Beckley; many nieces and nephews survive as well as former students, co-workers, neighbors, friends; and her ever faithful pet, Callie the cat.

When her family recalls Mildred, they remember her love of family, her gift for cooking, taking care of her home and working in her flowers.

On Sunday, May 19th, at 2 p.m. we will honor the life of Mildred Covey Seco with a “Service of Remembrance” at the Melton Mortuary Chapel. Pastor Steven Beverly will be officiating. Mildred will be laid to rest in the Sunset Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the service hour.

Grandsons and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Condolences may be sent to the family’s guestbook at

Arrangements by Melton Mortuary and Cremation Center, Beckley.

Lillian ‘Imogene’ Slone

Lillian “Imogene” Slone died at home Thursday, May 16, 2013, after a long illness with her family by her side.

Lillian was born June 11, 1924, in Kentucky, and was the daughter of the late Norman Judson Slone and Hazel Mae Gray Slone.

In addition to her parents, Lillian is preceded in death by her brothers, Daniel Boone Slone, Norman Judson Slone Jr. and William Joseph Slone.

Imogene worked at Westmorland Coal Company for 34 years; she retired from Tams Coal Company four years later. Imogene was of the Baptist faith. She enjoyed spending time with her family and listening to the word of God on TV.

Those left to cherish her memory include her beloved niece, Cathy Campbell and husband Randy Campbell Sr.; nephews, Randy Campbell Jr. and wife Tabatha, Steven Campbell and wife Kristen; great-great-nieces and nephews, Nicole Campbell, Madison Campbell, Kara Campbell, Matthew Campbell, Matthew Baker, Natalee Wollum, Randy Campbell, III, Lillian Campbell, Joclyn Halstead, Joseph Wray and DJ Karshner.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19, 2013, at Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, with Pastor Lewis Arnold officiating. Burial will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may gather with the family Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family wishes to give special thanks to William and Kathy Campbell and Phyllis Bolt.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, 5251 Robert C. Byrd Drive, Beckley.

Shelia ‘Candi’ Smith

Shelia “Candi” Smith passed away in her sleep on May 11, 2013.

She is survived by her husband, William (Billy) Smith; two sons, Keith (Skeeter) Smith, Eric Smith; two daughters, Shelia (Nuni) Smith, Marguita Smith; three grandchildren, Kimberly, Tashaun, and Nini Smith; one great-grandchild, Jameer Smith.

She is preceded in death by her sons, Anthony (Tony) Smith, Aaron T. Smith; stepfather, Stanley (Toe) Hollinghead.

She leaves to be remembered by her husband, children, grandchildren, mother, Rosie Hollinghead; brothers, Keith (Diane), Stanley (Skip), Brian Hollinghead; sisters, Faye (Harold) Wicks, Debra Pannell, Rosemary (Kenny) Carter, Carolann Marshall, Flora (Charles) Christian, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Funeral arrangements are being conducted by Serenity Funeral Home.

Submitted by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Walter Kinton Smith

FOREST HILL — Walter Kinton Smith, 92, of Forest Hill, went to be with the Lord Thursday, May 16, 2013, after an extended illness.

Born December 22, 1920, he was the son of the late Henry and Hazel Roles Smith.

Most of his life was spent in the Forest Hill community. Walter was an educator for 40 years in the Summers County school system. He accepted the Lord at the age of 14 and was an ordained Deacon for 62 years in the Fairview Baptist Church at Forest Hill. Other leadership roles in the church included Superintendent of Sunday School, member of the church choir and Men’s Bible Class teacher. Walter was also a member of the Masonic Grand Lodge AFAM #62 in Hinton.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Larry Calvin, a grandson, J.B. Smith, and brothers, Elmo and Eddie Smith.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 70 years, Ruth Foster Smith, two sons, Danny and wife Ann Smith of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., and Dwayne of Charlotte, N.C., three granddaughters, Reneé, Brittany and Charity Smith.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, 2013, at Fairview Baptist Church, Forest Hill, with Rev. Delmas Wolfe and Pastor Mike McCoy officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday at the church.

The family wishes to thank Hospice for their loving care, and memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to Hospice of Southern West Virginia, Inc., PO Box 1472, Beckley, WV 25801.

Online condolences and guest register at

Arrangements by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton.

Cordelia ‘Ann’ Thompson

JAMAICA, N.Y. — Cordelia Ann Thompson, 59, formerly of Fayetteville, passed away Sunday, May 12, 2013.

For those wishing to express their condolences to the Thompson family, you may do so by visiting our website at

Arrangements are incomplete. Final arrangements entrusted to Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, 350 W. Maple Ave., Fayetteville.

Timothy Allen Tincher

CRAG — Timothy Allen Tincher, 57, of Crag, passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2013, in the Charleston Area Medical Center, following a long illness.

Born September 19, 1955, at Crag, he was the son of Ethel Miller Tincher of Crag and the late Howard Tincher.

Timmy was a self-employed carpenter and was a loving caregiver to his mother and his brother, Jimmy. He did crossword puzzles in ink as a way to relax in the evenings.

In addition to his mother Ethel and his brother Jimmy, both of Crag, he is survived by brothers Jeff of Crag and Randy Tincher and wife Rita of Rainelle; his sisters Vada Clay and husband Ray of Meadow Bridge and Robin McQuain and husband Butch of Rainelle; his companion Edith (Toby) Sproles of Rainelle; six nieces and three nephews.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013, at Smathers Funeral Chapel with Pastor Mike Whisman officiating. Burial will follow in the Tincher Cemetery at Crag.

Friends may call one hour before the service from 12 noon to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences at

Arrangements by Smathers Funeral Chapel, Inc., Rainelle.

Albert Lincoln Wilfong

DUNMORE — Albert Lincoln Wilfong, 86, of Dunmore, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2013, at the University Of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville. 

Born December 20, 1926, at Dunmore, and was a son of the late Charles and Orpha Lindsay Wilfong. He was also preceded in death by an infant brother Charles William Wilfong.

Albert was a lifelong livestock farmer who truly enjoyed the hard work that was involved with farming. He was also an avid turkey hunter throughout his life. He served on the Pocahontas County Commission 1984-1990. He was a 70-year member of Farm Bureau. He was also a longtime member of the WV Cattlemens, WV Shepherds Federation, and National Wild Turkey Federation. He has served several terms as a board member of the Pocahontas Producers Livestock Market. Over the years Albert received many honors for his farming work 1947 WV FFA Star Farmer, 1960 WV FFA Established Farmer, 1965 Statewide Winner of Farming for Better Living Award, 1974 National Efficiency Award for Sheep Production, 1979 Master Farmer Award, 1995 Inducted into WV Ag & Forestry Hall of Fame, and 2001 WV Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award.

Albert’s religious faith has always been his foundation and he regularly attended the New Hope Church of the Brethren.

Survivors include his wife Helen Jackson Wilfong, sister, Ruth Horner, three children, Shirley Wilkins and husband Jack of Hillsboro, Charles Wilfong and wife Linda, and Patricia Wilfong, all of Dunmore; six grandchildren, Susan Wilkins, Jonathan Wilkins of Hillsboro, Sarah (Wilkins) Brown and husband Lee of Woodrow, Nicole (Wilfong) Sattler and husband Silas, Kristine (Wilfong) Sharp and husband Arthur, and Charles Albert Wilfong II, all of Dunmore, and two great-grandchildren, Trey Sattler and Noah Sharp.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, 2013, at the New Hope Church of the Brethren in Dunmore, with Rev. David Rittenhouse officiating. Burial will follow in the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery on Wesley Chapel Road.

Viewing will be from 1 to 3 p.m. at the church prior to the funeral.

Arrangements by Lantz Funeral Home in Buckeye.